Kwame Kwei-Armah

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David Harewood: 'I felt that they wanted me to go on TV, talk, and cry. I was a news item’
The British actor on his new documentary about Covid and people of colour, his breakdown aged 23, and having days left to finish his memoir

Kate Kellaway

28, Feb, 2021 @9:30 AM

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A midsummer night's sax comedy: the return of the lost Shakespeare jazz musical
It had the hottest musicians, the coolest singers – and Louis Armstrong playing Bottom. But Swingin’ the Dream was a $2m flop. Can the RSC breathe new life into this big band take on the bard?

James Shapiro

06, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Standing ovation: Spike Lee to direct musical about Viagra
The director’s next project after Da 5 Bloods is based on a 2018 Esquire article and will be co-written by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Andrew Pulver

18, Nov, 2020 @10:50 AM

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Joy, radicalism and bare bottoms: the Young Vic turns 50
The giant street party has been cancelled. But there are still plans to celebrate the theatre that wowed young crowds, championed black playwrights and conjured finales from Italian cuisine

Michael Billington

07, Sep, 2020 @3:39 PM

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‘We must give black talent the stage’ says Young Vic's Kwame Kwei-Armah
Playwright and director says BLM and the lockdown have prompted him to stage an ambitious season of black work

Vanessa Thorpe

15, Aug, 2020 @1:17 PM

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Clint Dyer replaces Dominic Cooke to direct Bob Marley musical
The conversation about race ‘has changed in theatre, as it has across society’, says original director of the show Get Up, Stand Up!

Chris Wiegand

22, Jul, 2020 @11:39 AM

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The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century
A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000

Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

17, Sep, 2019 @2:43 PM

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The week in theatre: Tree; Invisible Cities; Peter Gynt – review
Tree is less exciting than the row about its authorship

Susannah Clapp

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Tree review – Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah dance with identity
Family and politics collide as a British man sets out to unearth his South African roots – and get the audience off their seats

Michael Billington

05, Jul, 2019 @9:22 AM

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Writers claim being excluded after creating Idris Elba's play
Tree is billed as a collaboration between Elba and director Kwame Kwei-Armah

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

02, Jul, 2019 @6:03 PM

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Idris Elba meets Kwame Kwei-Armah: 'I feel a massive connection with trees'
The actor celebrates all big events in his life by wrapping his arms round a sturdy trunk. With the help of director Kwame Kwei-Armah, he has turned his obsession into a show

Bridget Minamore

24, Jun, 2019 @2:40 PM

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Cush Jumbo to play Hamlet in London
Star of TV hit The Good Fight is latest actor to take on the role of the prince, in a new production at the Young Vic

Chris Wiegand

29, May, 2019 @8:00 AM

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